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A trio of Southtowns brothers with a family-owned development firm have completed the second phase of a small apartment project in Hamburg, doubling the number of units available. The Woods at Bayview now has 30 two-bedroom apartments among its two three-story buildings, located on formerly vacant land at 4779 South Park Ave., near the intersection with Bayview Road. …

Crime

The Niagara Falls man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend at the McKinley Mall was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Keith Sparks, 44, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan. Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 25 at approximately 2 p.m., Sparks fatally stabbed his ex…

Crime

The fatal stabbing of a woman at the McKinley Mall Wednesday is not the first time the suspect, Keith R. Sparks, has been accused of acting violently toward a woman with whom he previously had a romantic relationship. In January 2010, a woman who already had an order of protection against Sparks, accused him of threatening to kill her, according to a Buffalo police repo…

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Nothing is exact anymore. The Buffalo-area's Oktoberfests begin in the middle of September and Buffalo Beer Week is actually 10 days long. It reminds us of the time when Positively Main Street was on Elmwood Avenue. As amusingly misleading as these titles may be, a bounty of quality events lies ahead for the weekend of Sept. 13-15. The Meatball Street Brawl, one of the …

Local News

A Lackawanna woman was killed Monday in a collision in Hamburg with a town highway department truck, Hamburg police said Tuesday. The collision happened at 1:40 p.m. at Route 179 and the ramp to Exit 56 of the Thruway, police said in a news release. The highway department truck, driven by Michael Krull Jr., 32, of Hamburg, was traveling west on Route 179. The other v…

Courts

A retired Hamburg police captain who was arrested following a domestic disturbance at his home in May is facing additional charges of harassing officers during that incident, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Christopher P. Monaco, 42, of Hamburg, was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman on two counts of second-degree harassment,…

Business

Level Financial Advisors, a fee-only financial planning and investment firm based in Amherst, has opened a new satellite office in Hamburg. The new office, located at 4535 Southwestern Blvd., is designed to initially provide a place for existing and new clients to meet with the firm's advisers as appointments are scheduled. A senior adviser also will use the space as…

Art

You could write a book about the recent history of the Italian Heritage Festival, and it would be far from boring. There were brawls in 2016, the final year on Hertel Avenue, precipitating a major location change to the Outer Harbor and an admission charge for the first time. Attendance at the 2017 festival set a record for the Outer Harbor, but social media reaction wa…

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Developer Anthony Cutaia won a major boost for his plan to turn the former Immaculata Academy property on South Park Avenue into apartments after the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency approved about $3 million in tax breaks that will carry the $26.7 million project over its financial hurdles. Cutaia's Rane Development wants to convert the school building at 5138 Sou…

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Stuart Meyer arrived at his polling place Tuesday morning. The parking lot was nearly empty. No voters were coming in or out. "I saw nobody out there," he said as he greeted election inspectors. "I was wondering, ‘Is this the right day?' " That was a familiar feeling for many Western New York voters Tuesday as New York State's new earlier primary date seemed not to h…

Gusto

This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

Business

Two months after the Hamburg Planning Board approved the project, developer Anthony Cutaia is taking a step forward with his plans for a new housing development on the site of the former Immaculata Academy by acquiring the property. Cutaia, through The Oaks at South Park LLC, bought a 27-acre property at 5138 South Park Ave. from the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph of …

Family

With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…

Local Homefinder Features

At Marrano, family means everything. For nearly 65 years, Western New York’s #1 family-owned and operated home builder has identified “family” as the core of their existence and their principle reason for being in business — to build high-quality homes in neighborhoods where families want to live. “The newest model at 2436 Hobblebush Lane in Hamburg’s Deer Springs co…

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It’s almost like the restaurant at 3720 Lake Shore Road is trying not to get your hopes up, starting with the name. Generations ago, when Bethlehem Steel was cranking just up the street, it was Armondo’s. Steelworkers roomed upstairs. Later Champagne Theatre would put on Neil Simon comedies there. But that couldn’t last forever. It would become J.L. Crithens, then the C…